Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Film Flam 

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Homicide haunts the release of a restored movie, and Jessica investigates the current crime and the 1960 murder that prevented the original release.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
John Astin ... Fritz Randall
Jim Caviezel ... Darryl Harding (as James Caviezel)
Mike Connors ... Boyce Brown
Kim Darby ... Joan Kemp
Stacy Edwards ... Elaine Brown
Kerrie Keane ... Audrey Young
Richard Libertini ... Carson Robbins
William O'Leary ... Hank Duncan
Gregory Sierra ... Lieutenant Gabriel Caceras
Cali Timmins ... Barbie Lippin
Howard French Howard French ... Manheim
Justin Lord ... Lloyd Nader
Rick Dano ... Scotty (as Richard Dano)
Paulo Andrés Paulo Andrés ... Delivery Boy


On a Hollywood backstage, would be-actor Darryl Harding overhears Hank Duncan and another dodgy character threatening Monolith studio executive Carson Robbins if he stops helping them to original negatives to produce pirate videos. Jessica isn't much surprised her script hasn't been read yet by producer Boyce Brown, who is busy trying to finish 'Cry of Destiny', the last film of the late giant Austin Young, which gets worse when his unknown adoptive daughter Audrey Young turns up, claiming to own all rights. Jessica finds the corpse of author Fritz Randall, former pupil of and leading expert on Young, apparently suicide by pills as his master once did, but suggests to Lt. Gabriel Caceras they might both have been murdered, which soon proves true for Fritz. Boyce's daughter and producer Elaine is arrested. With these and other intrigues on top of the script's, there is plenty of snooping and sleuthing to be done before she can unmask the killer. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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19 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one scene in front of Monolith Studios, a military style HumVee drives up and a Studio Employee acknowledges "Arnold" and allows the vehicle to proceed. At the time of this show, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger made news by purchasing a military HumVee vehicle. They were not yet sold as a commercial street vehicle. See more »


[first lines]
Carson Robbins: Listen, Hank, I'm not stalling. It's just that the producers keep potchkeeing with me. Cutting, re-cutting.
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Now You Don't See It; Now You Somehow Just Might
25 November 2009 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

John Astin makes his first "MSW" appearance as Hollywood studio staffer Ross Hayley in Season One, before appearing as Real Estate Agent Harry Pierce in three Cabot Cove episodes during Season Two. Some ten years later, he returns as Hollywood Director Fritz Randall in this episode.

Kim Darby makes her first series appearance also in Season One, and now returns as Joan Kemp, a former child star at Monolith Studio, who arrives on the lot for festivities surrounding a film premiere.

Mike Connors guest stars in the second of his three "MSW" roles, this time as Monolith Studio Producer Boyce Brown, who shows the ropes to his daughter, Elaine Brown (Stacy Edwards), aspiring to follow in her famous father's footsteps.

Kerrie Keane returns in her second "MSW" role, this as Audrey Young, Assistant Producer, who welcomes Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to Monolith Studio, in Hollywood, at which production of an adaptation of her latest Mystery is scheduled to begin filming, but delayed by production of a different perceived blockbuster, which encounters one difficulty after another.

James Caviezel, in an early career role, marks his one "MSW" appearance here, as striving actor Darryl Harding, who stows away onto a vacant set to reside beneath tables and live off of ketchup soup and whatever refreshments he is able to discover, in his hopes of carving a niche in acting.

Darryl eventually befriends Elaine Brown, who stands beside him even though he has a knack for disappearing suddenly, after witnessing evidence of film piracy on the set.

Carson Robbins (Richard Libertini), Hank Duncan (William O'Leary) and his steady, Barbie Lippin (Cali Timmins), Manheim (Howard French) and Lloyd Nader (Justin Lord) seem to form the center of the film piracy conspiracy, putting Darryl into danger from more than one source.

Scotty the Security Guard (Rick Dano) launches on the trail after Darryl, while Elaine and Jessica are convinced of his innocence.

But the plot thickens and takes various turns after a victim is poisoned, leading Lieutenant Gabriel Caceras (Gregory Sierra, in his third appearance in the role, and his sixth of six overall "MSW" episodes) and Jessica on the trail of homicide suspects and "Film Flam" artists.

This episode marks the television debut performance for Paulo Andrés, as Delivery Boy, and the last appearance to date for Howard French.

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